‘Human victory’ 34-year-old infielder, ML debut after playing minor 1154G → first starter… “Samjin has never been this happy”

 Pittsburgh Pirates Drew Magee (34), who made his big league debut after 13 seasons in the minor leagues, has passed another milestone. 

On the 28th (hereinafter referred to as Korean time), Maggie started as a third baseman in the 8th match against the Los Angeles Dodgers held at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA and recorded no hits in 3 at-bats. Pittsburgh won 6-2. 

Maggie, who joined Pittsburgh after being selected in the 15th round (447th pick) of the 2010 rookie draft, did not debut in the major leagues while spending 13 seasons in the minor leagues. Still, Maggie, who did not give up on his dream, fulfilled his dream of making his big league debut by appearing as a pinch hitter for Andrew McCutchen in the 8th inning against the Dodgers on the 27th. 

Maggie was named in the starting lineup for the first time since his debut. Director Derek Shelton said: “We tried to give Kybrian Hayes and Carlos Santana a break today. I called Maggie and gave her the lineup card. As he walked away I said, ‘You went out for your first at-bat yesterday. Now I will make my first start,’ he said. Moments like this are always special,” he said of Maggie’s start. 

After digesting 4494 plate appearances in 1154 games in the minor leagues, Maggie, who finally started in the major league games, was unfortunately unable to hit. However, MLB.com said, “Maggie didn’t get his first hit in the major leagues, but the 376-foot (115m) fly ball hit by center fielder James Outman on the warning track in the bottom of the sixth inning thrilled PNC Park,” and fans cheered Maggie enthusiastically. told 메이저놀이터

Maggie faced reliever Alex Becia in her first at-bat on the 27th, but struck out with her bat spinning on a 4-pitch slider at 86.4 miles per hour (139.0 km). Even though he struck out, Maggie laughed, saying, “I’ve never been this happy in my life when I’ve struck out.”

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